Shared from Variety: ‘The Revenant’ Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Wins DGA Movie Award

Tonight’s final DGAs for films of 2015 were doled out to The Revenant‘s Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. It is his second year win in a row, a first in history. First-time directorial honors went to Alex Garland for Ex Machina. See all results at link below: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/directors-guild-winners-announced-1201699333/

Shared from NY Times: Oscar-Nominated Shorts, Mirroring a World of Pain and Fortitude

These fifteen shorts, ranging from animated to documentaries to live-action, are all bunched into a commercial wide release starting this weekend. The following films could be included: LIVE ACTION SHORT Shok Day One Stutterer Everything Will Be Okay Ave Maria ANIMATED SHORT World of Tomorrow Prologue Bear Story Sanjay’s Super Team We Can’t Live without Read More …

Talking Movies with PenTV – 105 – Discussing the 88th Academy Awards Nominations

Host Gina Mazzetti and myself discuss the down-low about the 88th Academy Award nominations for films of 2015. We touch on everything, with topics ranging from #OscarsSoWhite and LGBT superheroes, to keeping movies unusual and which current film is the best regardless of nominations. Recorded 1.22.2015 at Peninsula Television, Inc. — pentv.tv I’m also adding Read More …

Shared from Indiewire: David Oyelowo Slams the Oscars as Academy President Promises ‘Big Changes’

For two years straight, Academy Award nominations have mostly selected talents both in front and behind camera without much regard to diversity in America. It has led to both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith announcing their boycotts of this year’s ceremony, as well as David Oyelowo of last year’s Selma labeling it “unforgivable.” Academy Read More …

Livestream: The 88th Academy Award Nominations

Nominations to get updated throughout the morning of THU 1/14. Announcements begin at 5:38 am! TBA below… BEST PICTURE The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight BEST DIRECTOR Adam McKay, The Big Short George Miller, Mad Max Fury Road Alejandro G. Iñarritu, The Revenant Lenny Abrahamson, Read More …

Shared from Variety: ‘Spotlight’ Named Best Picture by National Society of Film Critics

At today’s National Society of Film Critics’ Awards for 2015, “Spotlight” was selected as Best Film, Todd Haynes as Best Director for “Carol,” Charlotte Rampling as Best Actress for “45 Years,” and Michael B. Jordan as Best Actor for “Creed.” Read more info at this full link: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/national-society-of-film-critics-awards-2016-full-list-1201670781/

Unearthed Movies of the Past

   In the history of Thomas Productions, we were hit by the unfortunate rolling blackouts in 2003 within the SF Bay Area. It was a big lesson in how to save files, because that destroyed our first 25 master movies digitally. Most have been salvaged from previous VHS recordings, but a sizeable number still have not, Read More …

Abrupt (2005)

A married businessman returns home from an out-of-town conference for a surprise. At just 59 seconds minus credits, “Abrupt” was filmed via students at CSUMB in 5 cities during 2005, entirely as an independent project. Note: Contains brief adult content. See more info at http://www.directorg.com/movies/2000-2009/#abrupt

Shared from The Playlist: ‘Carol,’ ‘Beasts Of No Nation,’ & ‘Spotlight’ Lead 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

The noms have been announced, and Todd Haynes’ “Carol” leads the Spirit Award nominees this year with six nods including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and two Best Female Leads (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara). Next in line with five nominations apiece are “Beasts Of No Nation” and “Spotlight” Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Read More …